Ms. Nina takes a brief lesson in basic flight controls – learning about how the yoke controls the ailerons and elevator in a Cirrus SR22. Then she takes a nap. She was a great passenger and co-pilot for the entire 6.6 hour flight.
This flight is en route from Venice, FL (VNC) to St. Petersburg, FL (PIE) to Claxton, GA (CWV) to Gaithersburg, MD (GAI).
Ms. Nina was a great passenger on a family trip to Florida. She didn’t spend any time up front, but she was still a pleasure to have on board. We stopped for fuel in Maxton, NC (MEB) and then in Gainsville, FL (GNV) to drop off Lori’s friend, before reaching our final destination of Venice, FL (VNC). The aircraft is a Cirrus SR22, N523RS.
Today, Ms. Nina had the opportunity to fly round-trip in a Cirrus Vision Jet (SF50) from Gaithersburg, MD (GAI) to Owensboro, KY (OWB) and back. It included a stop-over in Knoxville, TN (TYS) – home of the Cirrus Vision Center. Unfortunately, last night, Ms. Nina was bitten up by many mosquito bites and subsequently spent the entire night scratching them and not sleeping. She was not a happy passenger today. The flight to OWB was in N10RS. The return flight was in N99CV.
Ms. Nina flies a 2021 Cirrus SR22-G6 home from her adventure at Sun ‘n Fun. Florida Baby (seen on the dashboard) is her co-pilot. During the flight, Ms. Nina learns about changing frequencies on the Garmin Perspective Avionics package. She already knows how to use flight controls, such as the side-stick yoke and power-lever. She also knows about all of the major parts of an airplane (wings, elevator, rudder, propeller, and wheels).
Ms. Nina had quite the flying adventure today. She was a passenger in a Cirrus SR22 en route from BWI to GAI to PNE. She got a good nap on the flight. That’s when the real adventure began. Ms. Nina took her first flight in the front seat of a Bell B-206L4 LongRanger en route from PNE to FME. She got to see both Philadelphia and Baltimore by air at 1,000 feet. She was scared at first but then when her pilot explained that she needed to sit with a grown-up and that there were no grown-ups in the back, she was very brave and agreed to sit in the front seat.
Ms. Nina is adjusting to some of the pitfall of the “jet lifestyle”. This time she is subject to a 1+ hour ground delay while waiting for in-trail spacing of 50 NM between departures out of SRQ. When her pilot suggested that they could depart VFR, the tower controller reminded him that he might be subject to delay vectors or being held at piston altitudes for the entire flight.
This was Nina’s first flight with just Abba. On a flight from Maryland to Florida for an Army weekend, she was a great passenger and co-pilot! She took a little nap en route and after she was well-rested, she jumped in to help fly.
While most kids were out trick-or-treating on Halloween, Ms. Nina was taking her first helicopter flight. It was a great opportunity for her Abba to get his three night full-stop landings in. Next time, Ms. Nina will get her landings in.